The end of the rainbow: A second viewing was followed by the nuances of the film creeping up in my mind and demanding a share of my daydreaming. When I watched it a third time, and the rest was history. I am in some pretty good company — Stanley Kubrick considered it to be his greatest contribution to the art of cinema.
Was Stanley Kubrick trying to warn the world about the occult elite and its depraved ways? It is recommended that you read the first part of this series first.
In the first part of this series on Eyes Wide Shut, we looked at main characters of the film and the symbolic world Kubrick created around them. We saw that Bill and Alice Harford are a married upper-class couple that was not immune to the temptations of adultery.
We also saw that the couple was in contact with the upper-echelon of New-York and its decadent ways — a world that fascinates Bill, but that has a dark side, one that is kept from the public.
In this article, I will jump straight to the most unsettling part of the movie: The secret society ritual. When Bill learns that his wife has considered cheating on him, he embarks on a strange series of encounters which I will analyze in the third and final part of this serieseventually ending up in a luxurious house in Long Island where he encounters a large gathering of masked individuals partaking in an occult ritual.
So how did he find out about this thing? Well, a little birdie told him. Nick Nightingale At one point during his strange night out, Bill meets his old friend Nick Nightingale at a jazz cafe.
The professional piano player reveals to Bill that he is sometimes hired by mysterious people to play, blindfolded, during mysterious parties that are full of beautiful women. This juicy piece of information intrigues Bill to the highest degree because. Since his talk with his wife, he appears to be looking for some kind of … experience.
Nick ultimately makes a big mistake and agrees to provide Bill with all of the information needed to access the venue. This password actually foreshadows what will happen during that ritual. The building used to film the outside scene is Mentmore Towers in the UK.
The location selected to film the elite scenes is quite interesting. Mentmore Towers was built in the 19th century as a country house for a member of the most prominent and powerful elite family in the world: It has been documented that the Rothschilds do actually partake in masked events very similar to those shown in Eyes Wide Shut.
Invitations were printed in reversed writing. In the movie, when Bill enters the mansion, he mixes with a crowd of masked people silently watching the ritual. Ziegler and his wife? Kubrick likes to keep things mysterious. Venetian masks were originally worn during the Italian Renaissance in Venice and were a way for the powerful elite of the time to indulge in debauchery without reprisal.
Its position on the Mediterranean sea opened it up to a myriad of trading opportunities across Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor, and its powerful navy allowed it to exert the military force necessary to defend its vast wealth.
The Venetians, the theory goes, adopted the practice of wearing masks and other disguises during the Carnival season as a way of suspending the rigid social order.
Under the cloak of anonymity, the citizens of Venice could loosen their inhibitions without fear of reprisal. However, as word of the famed Venetian Carnival spread, more and more outsiders flocked to the city every year to take part in the festivities.
The Carnival celebrations became increasingly chaotic and debaucherous as the years progressed until their decline in the 18th Century. Even The British Royal Family appears to enjoy the same type of masks and events. Models at the party attended by the Royal Family.
It seems evident that Kubrick carefully selected the Rothschild-owned location and hand-picked the masks worn by participants of the ritual, echoing real-life families and events.
Setting of the Ritual When Bill enters Somerton, everything about the movie changes. There are no more colorful Christmas lights and no tacky decorations. Instead of incessant chatter between needy people, it is all about stillness and silence.
Note that the multi-faced mask on the left which is similar to the one worn at the Royal party above. The music in the movie also changes drastically.The second part of this series of articles on Eyes Wide Shut takes a closer look at the elite secret society discovered by the film’s main character, Bill Harford, and how it resembles real life organizations.
Was Stanley Kubrick trying to warn the world about the occult elite and its depraved ways? Note: It is [ ]. Eyes Wide Shut is no doubt a visually stunning film and Stanley Kubrick is always labeled as Stylish Director but we must not forget that Stanley does this because of the theme of his films.
Stanley Kubrick is also very good with using colors in his Films. Eyes Wide Shut, then, is a descriptor of the audience, as well as the characters in the film, who don’t really understand the socio-political power base that runs things. The power base is not, according to Kubrick’s film, the average politician or wealthy doctor or lawyer in New York.
Mar 18, · Analysis: Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” When confronted by an unfathomable enigma, it is human nature to imagine a conspiracy exists in the shadows. This is true with Stanley Kubrick’s last and perhaps most profound film: Eyes Wide Shut, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.
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I used to have all these posts on my blog, but converted them to html as Wordpress couldn't really handle the load. Stanley Kubrick’s attention to detail and symbolism gave the movie an entire other dimension – one that cannot be seen by those who have their eyes wide shut.
This multiple-part series will look at the hidden symbolism of Kubrick’s final film.